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Television manufacturing at RCA's New Jersey plant. Includes scenes of design, engineering and quality control. Great scenes of TVs with flickering test patterns.
This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives
Production Company: Handy (Jam) Organization
Sponsor: RCA Victor Corp., Television Division
Audio/Visual: sound, color
Keywords: need keyword
Creative Commons license: Public Domain
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Subject: Dammit Janet.....
Ya Sent My White Shirts Out To The Chiness Laundry And Now All My Pocket Protecter's Are Missing....Whadda My Gonna Do Now?....Jesus, Mary & Joseph....!..Ya Dumm-Ass'ed Ditz...!
Subject: Fascinating journey of Color TV production.
As Spock might say...
A fascinating journey of Color TV production.
Shows the manufacturing and testing of RCA Color TVs including enviromental and operational testing.
A reviewer made the comment that "RCA hires Nerds",
no they didn't hire nerds, the people you are
looking at are educated, trained technicians
and engineers who took pride in their
appearance, occupation, the company they
worked for, their community, their family,
and maybe even their Country and Church.
Apparently these concepts are alien to that reviewer.
As a bit of trivia:
RCA developed and held the patents to most
of the circuitry for the NTSC color tv system.
Thus every TV maker in the US and free world
that used our NTSC system had to pay royalties
on every color TV tube (CRT), deflection yoke,
and about 75% of the circuitry used in their
It wasn't until the mid 1960's when Sony
developed their "Trinitron" color tv crt tube
that a color tv appeared that didn't follow
100% exactly the RCA system of color
reproduction. Thus Sony didn't have to pay
the same amount of patent royalties to RCA
as other companies.
Garret G. -
Subject: Quality from the former Victor Talking Machine Co. Plant
Few people seem to care for quality, including consumers. That is why I tend to revert to older appliances, etc. Why? I feel that I do not wish to benefit a communist country and feel that quality, if not great, was rather good even twenty or so years ago. Now, it's gone. Nothing; the only quality items made in America aren't really made in America.
Just for those who don't realize this, RCA was a stickler for quality, just as the Victor Talking Machine Company was. One of the buildings from the plant that manufactured these TVs still survives in Camden, NJ. The Victor Talking Machine Company owned this plant until it was bought out by RCA in 1929 from an investment firm.
Subject: TV quality, then and now.
Nowdays, when you see a RCA TV, look at the back and see where's the units are made, and it NOT in N.J. Do we see any more finished cabinetry for our TV's? Do we see any sort of craftmanship in the TV's that we have today? Does our TV's today have either a 8inch or 10inch speaker firing toward us with tonal variation, high fidelity sound? If we go to the labs, do we see white shirt employees, or just labourers in blue anti-static smocks grunting over an assembly line earning pennies per day. Sorry, black plastic cabinetry, electronic tuning, wimpy sound, and what have you isn't called "quality". Yet, RCA was the leader in TV market, with Zenith, Curtis Mathes, Fisher, all running behind real close.
Subject: Rabbit Ears
A quick film on the production and quality of RCA TVÃÂÃÂs made in NJ. Yes I said NJ. There are some nice images of 1950ÃÂÃÂs Television sets.
Subject: Geek Power Rules!
After a rousing beginning, with a "____ is connected to the _____ " song variation, the film then gets down to business, and tells us how each and every beautiful RCA television is designed and built. A little more then a follow the assembly line film, what I found hilarious about this film was RCA's insistence of hiring EVERY LIVING NERD POSSIBLE. I mean, counting all the bow ties, glasses and ducktails forever. Other then that, as I said, it's the power of the assembly line (oh and test after quality test). Great color too.
Steve Nordby -
Subject: Marketing is lies, but it's fashionable lies, and isn't that the real truth? The answer is no.
A Jam Handy film promoting RCA television sets that makes you long for the days when American companies actually built things instead of just re-marketed them. Of course, probably even then this was all fiction: "highest standards" = minimum government requirements. The narrator says "quality" more than Bill Gates says "innovation" or Donald Rumsfeld say "liberated". Sure, that hand-made prototype is perfect, but that isn't what the consumer gets! But the color of this film is beautiful, and that alone probably sold lots of RCA TV's.